Monday, 30 October 2006

Bionic Angel

Michael Najjar - Laokoon (lightjet-print, edition 6 + 2ap)Intrigued by Michael Najjar's photographic remodelling of the classic sculpture depicting Trojan priest Laocoon and his sons being attacked by a sea serpent - yes, sons; the female addition is laughable - I visited the website of Bitforms Gallery, New York, where Michael Najjar Bionic Angel - New Photography is showing until 25 November 2006. Many contemporary art galleries are paranoid about being criticized as chocolate-boxy, so they go for garish colours or monochrome. Bitforms goes for black, white and medium grey. It abuses its visitors with a tiny font, poor contrast and time-wasting Flash Player 8 routines that produce nothing more than grey boxes on some screens. It is one of the worst websites I've come across. For a perfect example of how NOT to design a website, click the title link.


At 1/11/06, Blogger weggis said...

Client: Please design a site that appeals to my customers.

Loads of research into customer base, resulting in design.

Client: I don't like it.

Designer: You didn't ask me to design a site that YOU like, you asked me to design a site that your customers would like.

Client: I still don't like it, change it.

Designer: OK what do YOU like?

At 1/11/06, Blogger weggis said...

The Client usually has a mega beastie PC on their desk but doesn't know how to switch it on and still thinks a mouse is a small furry animal.

There is a connection here with the anti art movement.

At 1/11/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Sounds par for the course. We had a systems manager just like that! Clueless. Our IT people were just as bad! A janitor used to play with S.M.'s new computer, but didn't let on he knew how to get it up and running. "They don't pay me for IT work. Why should I help them?"
Thanks for the Emily Radish update (if you're not kidding me with that name). Too late to post it, as the blog is more than one week old.

At 1/11/06, Blogger Barkingside21 said...

The name is real.


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